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Crikey says: today is a curse on future generations

A victory for old white men: Keane on today’s carbon tax repeal. Brandis wages war on journos and whistleblowers. Hockey’s Daddy issues. Razer on why gay Thorpe doesn’t matter. Delusions of grandeur: does the Oz really topple govts? The LNP senator fighting for the right to be dumb. Plane seats about to get a whole lot more uncomfortable. And is Business Spectator toeing Rupert’s line?

Pity the baby born in Australia today, the day federal Parliament voted to end effective action on climate change.

The Senate has voted down the carbon tax, leaving Australia with no central policy mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Pollution is free once more.

Faced with a difficult, serious policy problem in climate change, policy-makers have squibbed it. They have voted to ignore the scientists and the economists who warn of unchecked climate change.

That’s why you should pity the baby born today. The Parliament has voted to leave the problem of climate change to them. That problem will get much worse, and more expensive to address, in the interim. Today’s children never voted for Tony Abbott and his band of climate deniers but they will bear the fallout.

Abbott is not solely to blame for this profound failure of policy-making. Labor stuffed around and some now think the Greens should have taken the chance to pass an earlier ETS.

But Abbott’s Liberals are primarily responsible for the fact that Australia now has no climate policy. In the decades to come, as the droughts and bushfires worsen, and the heatwaves rage, and the tram tracks buckle, and the coral reefs die, future generations will look back at July 17, 2014, and ask why politicians didn’t even try to address the problem.

And it will be very hard to come up with an answer.

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  • 1
    klewso
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Because the bottom line profits of sponsors and donors came first.

  • 2
    Dogs breakfast
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Sure you can blame Labor, and the Greens, but that is not blaming, that is just scapegoating.

    The Greens did the right thing. Rudd squibbed it on the greatest moral challenge of our time, or whatever that phrase was, but he may well have been badly advised by colleagues (Gillard and Swan)

    But the coalition are fully to blame for the current debacle, and you are right, it is the greatest inter-generational rip-off of our time.

    Shame, shame, shame. Where is Derryn Hinch when you need him.

  • 3
    zut alors
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Sad to think that for the sake of one party room vote back in December 2009, the re-elected LNP leader, Turnbull, would’ve reacted to climate change with an ETS policy.

    Instead, we have a non-thinker behaving like a prime ministerial ostrich & actually celebrating the fact that carbon pricing has been rolled. Imagine the comments his descendants will be making about him in the coming decades.

  • 4
    Recalcitrant.Rick
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    This is an act of environmental, economic, scientific, and cultural vandalism! And I hope we never forgot this act of bastardry and the political party that enabled it! If you care, tell your children and grandchildren to never vote Liberal again, they always lie, they always cheat, and they care for nothing but themselves!

  • 5
    graybul
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    You have said it all Bernard! Wish that all Australian Media carried similar editorial comment. There is no comfort in knowing proportionally, that Politicians of all colours, are responsible for Carbon Tax debacle. At least, Labour under Shorten now committed going to an ETS Policy at next Election . . subject to no more backsliding!

  • 6
    klewso
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    A victory - for soaring ignorance.

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    zut alors
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Today Abbott has justly earned a place in history ie: as a bigger prime ministerial joke than Billy McMahon. No small achievement.

  • 8
    Bill Hilliger
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Assisted by most, if not all churnalists over the last 3 years or so, the coalition and cross benches have voted to ignore the scientists and the economists who warn of unchecked climate change. The Bogan Shire regional shopping centre electrical goods stores are gleefully claiming that flat screen TV’s costing less than $550/- are flying out the door. Banks are standing by to accommodate the flood of cash post CT repeal.

  • 9
    CML
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    R.Rick - Agree with your comments, 100%. Couldn’t have put it better myself!

  • 10
    AR
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Truly. Appalling.

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    klewso
    Posted Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Hunt’s roll in this dung heap - what a waste of a tertiary education? Did he pay for it - or are we?

    If he didn’t - and it was on the tax-payer like so many others in politics - is that why The Party is against us paying for any more? Maybe they have a case ……?

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